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My concern would  be that, if you take away the binky before he's ready, he may start sucking his thumb. Thumb-sucking is REALLY hard to stop, as you can't just leave his thumb in his bedroom when he goes to school, or the mall, or a playdate!   I wouldn't worry overly much about the dental/orthodontic effects, as long as he's done with the binky before he gets any adult teeth. No, this isn't ideal, but thumb-sucking could cause a lot more damage, and is much harder to...
I learned a lot in these forums about keeping my son in a rear-facing carseat as long as possible, and then how and when to move him into a booster, and again when it was time to move him into the regular vehicle safety belts.   He'll be 12 in a few weeks, weighs over 100 pounds, and is about 4'9" tall. His feet are bigger than mine! (Yeah, I know foot size has nothing to do with vehicle safety but it still blows my mind that my "baby" is bigger than me in some...
I keep a regular stepstool near the toilet, and use it to elevate my feet as needed.  Then the stepstool is also available for changing lightbulbs, for little kids to reach the sink, etc.
I've experienced that too. I remember once, one of my daughter's friend's mom brought us some gluten-free cupcakes. It was very thoughtful of her, but it still contained way more sugar than I normally consumed. I ate one to be polite (plus they looked really good!) but I felt sick afterwards. The gluten-free stuff I bake is very low in sugar and low GI- I often make muffins with mushed fruit, eggs, and almond meal, and no added sugars at all.   I know there were other...
I wouldn't use it personally because I'd be worried about its appetite-stimulating effects. I'm sure I'd  benefit from being more relaxed and in less pain, but I also need to lose weight, and an herb that stimulates the appetite is probably NOT a good choice for me personally.   But I'm 100% in favor of it being legalized. The reasons for its prohibition are political, not based on science or public health.
My 10 year old son fell off his bike on Friday afternoon, breaking his wrist and scratching up his face pretty badly. Thank G-d he was wearing his helmet- he was treated and released from the ER after a few hours, rather than having to stay overnight for observation.   We just bought him a new helmet about 2 weeks ago. I inspected it today, and saw that it's dented in a very small spot near the front. The helmet should be replaced now, right?
I've been noticing a definite shift in my menstrual cycles. I'm trying to figure out if it's an "age thing" or something to do with my diet, or related to stress, and if it is an "age thing" (I'm 38), if it means that I'm approaching menopause, or if it means menopause could still be 15 years away.   I've been charting my cycles pretty carefully since my oldest was a baby. At times I did it to avoid pregnancy (with or without barrier methods during my fertile time)...
It looks like the only difference between riccotta and paneer is that in riccotta, you add the salt when you heat it, and in the paneer, I didn't salt it until after straining.  I think I'll try this technique next time.   The thought of adding cream, and ending up with a spreadable cheese, is intriguing as well.
Fussing with rennet is too much like work and expense for me. I'm happy with the cheeses I can make with lemon juice and buttermilk.   Oh, and here's the paneer cheese recipe I used:   http://littlehouseinthesuburbs.com/2009/02/quick-homemade-cheese.html   The rest of that blog is awesome as well.
Nice save. All the kids who got sick got the vaccine, so they pretend the vaccine made it milder.   I'd like to know the severity of these kids' symptoms- how long were they sick, how much school did they miss, were any hospitalized with complications, etc. Then I want to compare that to what my DD went through this winter. She had her preschool and kindergarten vaccines, but no "boosters." Her last DTaP was more than 10 years ago, and her symptoms really matched...
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